Venetian glass on the island of Murano
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Real Venetian Glass. I went to Murano to visit a glass making demonstration. Glassblowers at work! It was such a pleasant experience to see these craftsmen at work. I will tell you all insides about this island near Venice. 

Blowing blobs of molten glass into beautiful vases. Molding colored rods into myriad animal shapes. Prepare right for your holiday, and you save time and money, that's what I say... So, let me show you the...

Glass museums and a great tour on the island

Venetian glass factory

The glassblowers of Murano are world famous. The art of glass is everywhere on the island. Along the quay, but also on the central square there are glass sculptures. 

If you want to see glassblowers at work, it's better to book a Museum Glass tour in advance.

Especially when cruise ships make their visit to Venice, it can be jam-packed. For example, choose an excursion to Murano and Burano. Inclusive a glassblowing demonstration.

Some glass factories give a free demonstration, but they expect you to buy something in their store. And most factories have a shop where the most beautiful glass objects are. Most glass factories are not open during the summer months, because the temperature is too hot to work.

While wandering in Murano, you have to visit the glass museum ‘Museo del Vetro.' The building is a beautiful 17th century Palazzo ‘Giustinian.’ On the first floor, you will find the famous Murano glass collections and masterpieces of Venetian glass art. The location of the museum is around the corner from the ‘Museo Murano’ water bus stop. Line 4.1 or Line 4.2 from Venice ‘Fondamenta Nuove’. Whole year long it is open from 10 am. Except, the public holidays January 1st, May 1st and December 25st. 

  • Entrance tickets cost € 13,50 (reductions for pensioners and students). 
  • Address: Fondamenta Giustinian 8, 30121 Murano
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You have to choose for yourself, but there are truly unique and well-organized trips to the islands. And as I wrote before, it's an excellent alternative to escape the city and find the peace you were looking for. You can book these trips here:

  • And how about taking a seat on a ship and cruising the lagoon. On the boat a dinner with candlelight in the evening? A unique night out on the boat. EUR 100 per person
  • Relaxing during the day in a fishing boat with a local guide to view the islands. This is how you imagined. No stress, you don't have to think. It is done for you. Book this unique island tour in a fishing boat from EUR 380 per group.
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Venetian glass has its first history from the year 982 AD. But, it is unknown when the glass industry started on the island of Murano.

The glass chandeliers and the glass mirrors are world famous. Notably, during the golden age of The 16th century, it was demanding Europe and Asia. 

The historical story goes as follows: A glass workman named, Angelo succeeded in to make a clear and transparent glass bulb.

Colors and a lot of new techniques applied to this new kind of glass. Murano Glass became to be well known all over the world.

Venetian Glass Factory Murano

After its success, the glass Industry in Murano kept declining. Another century, Baroque style and the Compatitevers around the world made it difficult to keep up with these changes. 

And nowadays, the glass industry is ruled elsewhere in the world (read; China). But, Murano kept their unique culture. The beautiful glass that uses the peculiar technique is alive and well. It is famous all over the world! 

Lovers of glass beads, such as the famous Pandora or the hearts of Murano are all over the place. I’m sure you will find very special glass beads…

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